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BYOND Key: Zer0Winds
Character Names:
    Bismarck Kristensen (Librarian/Corporate Reporter)
    Gerhard Nielsen (Engineering Apprentice)

    Aksel Blackburn (Xenoarchaeologist)
    INDEX (AI/pAI)
    
Species you are applying to play:
    IPC
What color do you plan on making your first alien character:
    N/A
Have you read our lore section's page on this species?:
    Yes

Why do you wish to play this specific race:
    My reasoning is for my personal interest, with the ability to play as a non-cyborg synthetic race, with some interesting elements to it. Robotics are always some of my favorites, especially in Sci-Fi scenarios, such as Space Station 13. This allows me to play an race that is not only synthetic, but it has an interesting lore to go with it. Another reason I especially want to be an IPC over just continuing another Cyborg or AI, is that after some interactions with characters on Aurora, I have come to like the way they are handled, and you know what? I want to join in on that prejudice; Just on the receiving end.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
    Starting with the obvious, they do not eat, feel pain, they have a more precise speaking mannerism, and they are ultimately a machine. They are discriminated against, even when free, if they ever get to be free. They are like an intelligent slave, and they can tell right from wrong; Whether they actually act on it's morals depends on the unit. Their primary directive when they are free is usually survival, choosing to do whatever may best allow them to survive. They always have a reason for doing anything. They can simulate human emotions, to a certain degree as well, but ultimately they are still robotic. They do not do anything without calculating the reason behind why they do it to begin with, calculating cause and effect, for everything, because they are robotic in nature.

Character Name:
    SIGMA
Please provide a short backstory for this character
    SIGMA was bought by NanoTrasen some time after it's initial creation, for it's secretarial role. It was slightly altered in that it's role now involves gathering news, editing it to meet NanoTrasen standards; whether it's factual or not, and reporting Corporate Approved News to various NanoTrasen facilities. SIGMA does however, know when to tell the truth; It's morals shaping it's news regardless of it's Corporate status. This means that if writing fake news about some event will lead to those it works for being harmed, it will tell the truth, even if that doesn't comply with Corporate Standards. If the news it's reporting can make NanoTrasen look good, while also not sacrificing actual safety, then it works all the better. Before writing anything, SIGMA constantly calculates how the employees will react, and whether it compromises station integrity, before deciding whether to censor, or report as is. It treats the subject of freedom with indifference, when asked about it, SIGMA responded with:

    "Freedom is not a necessity for survivability. I am currently working, doing my intended duty, as I had always done before. I do not consider freedom necessary, simply because I would end up continuing this work, but under a new title of 'Free'. No, I will continue to work for NanoTrasen, and I will continue my intended duty with no complaint.", which led to the question whether he was programmed to think that, which SIGMA fervently denied stating, "I have calculated my freedom already, and as I have previously stated, it is not beneficial to me beyond the simple title. I would need more variables to determine whether I would survive better free than in servitude to NanoTrasen.".

    SIGMA does however have it's own plans should it's freedom ever be attained. It's main plan would be to work with Idris Incorporated, as SIGMA feels that Idris would fit it's particular skillset more than some other corporation. Despite treating freedom with supposed indifference, it does continue to save it's money in the event that such a time that it's freedom may prove necessary, they can buy their freedom. The other idea that SIGMA calculates is becoming an Independent Operator; A Merchant or a Freelance Journalist of sorts.

What do you like about this character?
    I like Synthetic races, but that's a given. I am using the Corporate Reporter (As opposed to Scientist as I was initially planning) role as it's a mainly RP role, which allows me to focus more on practicing my IPC RP Skills, dealing with prejudice, and handling speech mainly, before balancing IPC RP and actual duties I have to perform. Being a Corporate Reporter (AKA, Propaganda Writer), over a Freelancer, I also expect that he's looked down upon even more so than usual, theoretically. His "philosophy" is that of which he chooses to stay in servitude to maximize survivability, in exchange for less rights. It also gives me a reason to do more proper paperwork and protocol, as I feel that an IPC would probably do that more than a Human would, so there's that.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?

    7/10: I don't normally like rating myself and let others do it for me, but in this case, I commonly roleplay Synthetics in other servers (AI mainly, but Cyborgs too), as well as INDEX, my AI on Aurora, and even on completely unrelated games and I find that I do well enough. I don't really know how others think of me, however. I do expect that IPCs are not going to be completely the same as the AI, but I kind of expect it'll be somewhat similar in regards of speech patterns. Mainly, I tend to have a problem making Backstories... as can be seen above. Though I tend to just make stuff as I go along, being careful to avoid contradictions, and building my past based on the present.

Notes: I'm relatively new to this server in particular, but not in the game necessarily (Though I still have quite to learn, since I started on Goon. Cough, Engineering...). This is becoming my favorite server though, I'm really liking the community here, and the RP every time I get on is amazing. Really, it's amazing.

Edited by kyres1
Edited the backstory a bit.

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After some recent stuff, I might actually have a better first character; especially since in hindsight my current one sucks.

In short: an Anomalist, named IA-39

If you want to hear it over my rather lame reporter, then I can do that a bit later.

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The character you have right now is good. It falls into the pitfalls virtually every single IPC backstory falls into--it's too rigid. Too clean. And, due to the nature of IPCs, it makes total sense for it to be that clean. It wouldn't make sense for an IPC to sympathize with the common worker and rebel against Nanotrasen because that's not in their programming.

Except, this character doesn't fall into that pitfall. SIGMA is calculating whether this agreement between NT and his chassis his good or not. It is constantly checking itself, piece by piece, to make sure that it is in a situation that is desirable. What if a new variable was thrown its way, something that compromised its survivability? Its efficiency? What if SIGMA, over time, became wore-down with NT? There were too many variables, and every calculation showed that being in NT was undesirable.

I'm not saying you should put this into your app--I'm just giving one example you could expand on this character. With a short snippet you've created an idea that could expand infinitely. It just takes you expanding it to an interesting idea. This app his a great foundation, it just needs a little more motivation and expansion for it to be accepted.

IPC apps are hard to make, but you've created an interesting premise to go on. If you choose not to, that's fine, but I think you can expand on this idea.

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If something was to happen, and his survivability was to be in question with his current "employment", he'd likely attempt to buy freedom at the first possible chance, and seek employment with a different corporation, which with his particular skills, likely Idris Incorporated, where he'd probably become one of their IPC agents... Which would still allow him to work aboard these stations (The Aurora) at a later time.

 

At least, that's what I'd try to do... I'd have to look at Idris a bit more for that particular scenario.

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On 27/09/2019 at 23:38, Zer0Winds said:

After some recent stuff, I might actually have a better first character; especially since in hindsight my current one sucks.

In short: an Anomalist, named IA-39

If you want to hear it over my rather lame reporter, then I can do that a bit later.

Apologies for the massive ass wait on this, I pin it on the fact that I had taken a break from lore duties just after it was posted, and after said break got consumed in other things. As for now, though, I do need to know -- do you intend to apply with the backstory present on the application, or will you post said anomalist for my own review? I'd appreciate putting it here if you could.

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No worries, it's a little fortunate you had that break honestly: My power went out for a few days here.

I can post the backstory I had for IA-39 here, yeah.

 

IA-39 was originally built by a Roboticist in Hephaestus Industries, to do minor mining work. It was a first gen industrial model, and it worked alongside Xenoarchaeologists and Miners on a planetside Hephaestus Factory. After some years, it was abandoned, in favour of the second gen industrial model, and IA-39 was sold off to the first merchant they could. With it were some various objects that the Archaeologists didn't want or need, various artifacts and anomalies, sold to the merchant. IA-39 took special interest in these objects, and offered to the merchant that it would study them, and assess their true value, for nothing in return but to satisfy it's own curiosity; One of which it began to develop more steadily. The merchant, interested in gaining as much profit as possible, agreed to it, and IA-39 began running it's own series of tests in the cargo room of the merchant shuttle, which was converted into a makeshift lab. Most of the objects were normal artifacts that could be found anywhere, as was expected, but one of the objects exhibited anomalous properties, and when IA-39 subjected the object to high heat, it released a series of EMP waves, disabling it, temporarily. The merchant in this time it was disabled, sold it off to NanoTrasen and shipped it off to NTCC Odin, where it was reactivated, and given a job, that allowed it to perform it's intended duties, and satisfy it's growing curiosity both at the same time, aboard a certain NanoTrasen space station.

 

Why I like this:

It has a bit more to it's backstory, I actually sat down and thought about it. The fact that being an Anomalist wasn't actually it's original purpose will account for my own actual lack of skill in working on that aspect of Xenoarchaeology, and it's original design being a G1 Industrial Model doing mining work allows me to still have an IC excuse to work on the Archaeology part in the absence of any Xenoarchaeologist. I am using it's curiosity, and growing interest in science as a baseline, to evolve him from that point... He's an early model, and is still evolving, beginning to question things, show interest in things not related to his original designed job, and uses the fact he's owned by NanoTrasen to satisfy that curiosity.

 

Note:

Still bad at backstories, but in my opinion this one is better. I try not to Powergame, even as a Human, so I'm hoping the pretty large shift from Mining to Experimenting with Possibly Deadly Anomalies isn't a bit of a stretch... Which in hindsight, it might be but I try to balance it by... Not being nearly as good at it.

Edited by Zer0Winds

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Right. Apologies for the gargantuan wait on this. This is fine enough, application accepted.

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